Patents by Inventor Michael J. Sinclair

Michael J. Sinclair has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20210100459
    Abstract: A sensor device is described herein. The sensor device includes a multi-dimensional optical sensor and processing circuitry, wherein the multi-dimensional optical sensor generates images and the processing circuitry is configured to output data that is indicative of hemodynamics of a user based upon the images. The sensor device is non-invasive, and is able to be incorporated into wearable devices, thereby allowing for continuous output of the data that is indicative of the hemodynamics of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2020
    Publication date: April 8, 2021
    Inventors: Christian HOLZ, Eyal OFEK, Michael J. SINCLAIR
  • Patent number: 10966420
    Abstract: In some implementations, an insect trap includes a plurality of individual cells, with each of the cells being configured to trap very few, and in some instances a single flying insect. Each cell defines a cavity and may be provided with an independently operable door to selectively close the cavity. One or more sensors may sense the presence of an insect to be trapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Alexander Ching, Ethan Jackson, Michael J. Sinclair, Patrick Therien
  • Patent number: 10874305
    Abstract: A sensor device is described herein. The sensor device includes a multi-dimensional optical sensor and processing circuitry, wherein the multi-dimensional optical sensor generates images and the processing circuitry is configured to output data that is indicative of hemodynamics of a user based upon the images. The sensor device is non-invasive, and is able to be incorporated into wearable devices, thereby allowing for continuous output of the data that is indicative of the hemodynamics of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Christian Holz, Eyal Ofek, Michael J. Sinclair
  • Patent number: 10855665
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides systems and/or methods that effectuate a simple protocol for tangible security on mobile devices. The system can include devices that generate sets of keys and associated secret identifiers, employs the one or more keys to encrypt a secret and utilizes the identifiers and encryptions of the secret to populate a table associated with a security token device that is used in conjunction with a mobile device to release sensitive information persisted on the mobile device for user selected purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: YuQun Chen, Michael J. Sinclair, Josh D. Benaloh
  • Patent number: 10838486
    Abstract: The present concepts relate to a virtual reality controller that enables fine control of virtual objects using natural motions involving the dexterity of the user's fingers and provides realistic haptic sensations to the user's fingers. The controller may have a rigid structure design without moving parts. Force sensors under finger rests can detect forces exerted by user's fingers. Actuators can render haptic feedback from the virtual reality world to the user's fingers. The controller may include one or more trackpads on which the user may slide her fingers. The controller may be used for exploring and manipulating virtual objects, for example, by grasping, releasing, rotating, and feeling the surface of virtual objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mar Gonzalez Franco, Eyal Ofek, Michael J. Sinclair, Christian Holz, Jaeyeon Lee
  • Publication number: 20200278740
    Abstract: The present concepts relate to a virtual reality controller that enables fine control of virtual objects using natural motions involving the dexterity of the user's fingers and provides realistic haptic sensations to the user's fingers. The controller may have a rigid structure design without moving parts. Force sensors under finger rests can detect forces exerted by user's fingers. Actuators can render haptic feedback from the virtual reality world to the user's fingers. The controller may include one or more trackpads on which the user may slide her fingers. The controller may be used for exploring and manipulating virtual objects, for example, by grasping, releasing, rotating, and feeling the surface of virtual objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Publication date: September 3, 2020
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Mar GONZALEZ FRANCO, Eyal OFEK, Michael J. SINCLAIR, Christian HOLZ, Jaeyeon LEE
  • Publication number: 20200150784
    Abstract: A virtual reality system is described herein. The virtual reality system includes a cane controller and a computing system. The cane controller comprises a rod, a sensor, and a brake mechanism, wherein the sensor is configured to generate a signal that is indicative of position, direction of movement, and velocity of the rod, and wherein the brake mechanism is configured to apply a force to the rod. The computing system receives the signal, computes a position, direction of movement, and velocity of a virtual rod in a virtual space, and outputs a control signal to the brake mechanism based upon such computation. The brake mechanism applies the force to the rod in a direction and with a magnitude indicated in the control signal, thereby preventing the user from causing the virtual rod to penetrate a virtual barrier in the virtual space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2020
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Inventors: Edward CUTRELL, Christian HOLZ, Hrvoje BENKO, Michael J. SINCLAIR, Meredith June MORRIS, Yuhang ZHAO, Cynthia Lynn BENNETT
  • Patent number: 10551940
    Abstract: A virtual reality system is described herein. The virtual reality system includes a cane controller and a computing system. The cane controller comprises a rod, a sensor, and a brake mechanism, wherein the sensor is configured to generate a signal that is indicative of position, direction of movement, and velocity of the rod, and wherein the brake mechanism is configured to apply a force to the rod. The computing system receives the signal, computes a position, direction of movement, and velocity of a virtual rod in a virtual space, and outputs a control signal to the brake mechanism based upon such computation. The brake mechanism applies the force to the rod in a direction and with a magnitude indicated in the control signal, thereby preventing the user from causing the virtual rod to penetrate a virtual barrier in the virtual space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Edward Cutrell, Christian Holz, Hrvoje Benko, Michael J. Sinclair, Meredith June Morris, Yuhang Zhao, Cynthia Lynn Bennett
  • Patent number: 10459559
    Abstract: A method, system, and one or more computer-readable storage media for providing multi-dimensional haptic touch screen interaction are provided herein. The method includes detecting a force applied to a touch screen by an object and determining a magnitude, direction, and location of the force. The method also includes determining a haptic force feedback to be applied by the touch screen on the object based on the magnitude, direction, and location of the force applied to the touch screen, and displacing the touch screen in a specified direction such that the haptic force feedback is applied by the touch screen on the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Sinclair, Michel Pahud, Hrvoje Benko
  • Publication number: 20190216340
    Abstract: A sensor device is described herein. The sensor device includes a multi-dimensional optical sensor and processing circuitry, wherein the multi-dimensional optical sensor generates images and the processing circuitry is configured to output data that is indicative of hemodynamics of a user based upon the images. The sensor device is non-invasive, and is able to be incorporated into wearable devices, thereby allowing for continuous output of the data that is indicative of the hemodynamics of the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Publication date: July 18, 2019
    Inventors: Christian HOLZ, Eyal OFEK, Michael J. SINCLAIR
  • Publication number: 20190155404
    Abstract: A virtual reality system is described herein. The virtual reality system includes a cane controller and a computing system. The cane controller comprises a rod, a sensor, and a brake mechanism, wherein the sensor is configured to generate a signal that is indicative of position, direction of movement, and velocity of the rod, and wherein the brake mechanism is configured to apply a force to the rod. The computing system receives the signal, computes a position, direction of movement, and velocity of a virtual rod in a virtual space, and outputs a control signal to the brake mechanism based upon such computation. The brake mechanism applies the force to the rod in a direction and with a magnitude indicated in the control signal, thereby preventing the user from causing the virtual rod to penetrate a virtual barrier in the virtual space.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Publication date: May 23, 2019
    Inventors: Edward CUTRELL, Christian HOLZ, Hrvoje BENKO, Michael J. SINCLAIR, Meredith June MORRIS, Yuhang ZHAO, Cynthia Lynn BENNETT
  • Publication number: 20190098500
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides systems and/or methods that effectuate a simple protocol for tangible security on mobile devices. The system can include devices that generate sets of keys and associated secret identifiers, employs the one or more keys to encrypt a secret and utilizes the identifiers and encryptions of the secret to populate a table associated with a security token device that is used in conjunction with a mobile device to release sensitive information persisted on the mobile device for user selected purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Publication date: March 28, 2019
    Inventors: YuQun Chen, Michael J. Sinclair, Josh D. Benaloh
  • Patent number: 10165441
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides systems and/or methods that effectuate a simple protocol for tangible security on mobile devices. The system can include devices that generate sets of keys and associated secret identifiers, employs the one or more keys to encrypt a secret and utilizes the identifiers and encryptions of the secret to populate a table associated with a security token device that is used in conjunction with a mobile device to release sensitive information persisted on the mobile device for user selected purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: YuQun Chen, Michael J. Sinclair, Josh D. Benaloh
  • Patent number: 10013065
    Abstract: An example system includes a plurality of moveable light emitters, each moveable light emitter configured to independently emit a display light from a current display location within that moveable light emitter's range of motion responsive to activation from a corresponding light activator. The system also includes a location engine to determine, for each light emitter, the current display location of that light emitter, and a mapping engine to map, for each current display location, the light activator activating the light emitter currently located at that current display location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Sasa Junuzovic, Michel Pahud, Eyal Ofek, Yoichi Ochiai, Michael J. Sinclair
  • Publication number: 20170354135
    Abstract: In some implementations, an insect trap includes a plurality of individual cells, with each of the cells being configured to trap very few, and in some instances a single flying insect. Each cell defines a cavity and may be provided with an independently operable door to selectively close the cavity. One or more sensors may sense the presence of an insect to be trapped.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Publication date: December 14, 2017
    Inventors: Alexander Ching, Ethan Jackson, Michael J. Sinclair, Patrick Therien
  • Publication number: 20170329446
    Abstract: A method, system, and one or more computer-readable storage media for providing multi-dimensional haptic touch screen interaction are provided herein. The method includes detecting a force applied to a touch screen by an object and determining a magnitude, direction, and location of the force. The method also includes determining a haptic force feedback to be applied by the touch screen on the object based on the magnitude, direction, and location of the force applied to the touch screen, and displacing the touch screen in a specified direction such that the haptic force feedback is applied by the touch screen on the object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2017
    Publication date: November 16, 2017
    Applicant: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. SINCLAIR, Michel PAHUD, Hrvoje BENKO
  • Patent number: 9715300
    Abstract: A method, system, and one or more computer-readable storage media for providing multi-dimensional haptic touch screen interaction are provided herein. The method includes detecting a force applied to a touch screen by an object and determining a magnitude, direction, and location of the force. The method also includes determining a haptic force feedback to be applied by the touch screen on the object based on the magnitude, direction, and location of the force applied to the touch screen, and displacing the touch screen in a specified direction such that the haptic force feedback is applied by the touch screen on the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael J. Sinclair, Michel Pahud, Hrvoje Benko
  • Publication number: 20170013459
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides systems and/or methods that effectuate a simple protocol for tangible security on mobile devices. The system can include devices that generate sets of keys and associated secret identifiers, employs the one or more keys to encrypt a secret and utilizes the identifiers and encryptions of the secret to populate a table associated with a security token device that is used in conjunction with a mobile device to release sensitive information persisted on the mobile device for user selected purposes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 22, 2016
    Publication date: January 12, 2017
    Inventors: YuQun Chen, Michael J. Sinclair, Josh D. Benaloh
  • Patent number: 9503431
    Abstract: The claimed subject matter provides systems and/or methods that effectuate a simple protocol for tangible security on mobile devices. The system can include devices that generate sets of keys and associated secret identifiers, employs the one or more keys to encrypt a secret and utilizes the identifiers and encryptions of the secret to populate a table associated with a security token device that is used in conjunction with a mobile device to release sensitive information persisted on the mobile device for user selected purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: YuQun Chen, Michael J. Sinclair, Josh D. Benaloh
  • Publication number: 20160239092
    Abstract: An example system includes a plurality of moveable light emitters, each moveable light emitter configured to independently emit a display light from a current display location within that moveable light emitter's range of motion responsive to activation from a corresponding light activator. The system also includes a location engine to determine, for each light emitter, the current display location of that light emitter, and a mapping engine to map, for each current display location, the light activator activating the light emitter currently located at that current display location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2015
    Publication date: August 18, 2016
    Inventors: Sasa Junuzovic, Michel Pahud, Eyal Ofek, Yoichi Ochiai, Michael J. Sinclair